Firms in an East Lancashire borough could soon have a new space to grow their businesses if plans to build new units are approved.

Plans were approved in 2019 for land on Lower Road in Hothersall, near Longridge, to be converted for business use.

In new plans submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council, the same applicants, J and JJ Harrison, have told the council of their proposals to have three buildings on the site, each able to comprise two units.

Each building would have appropriate access, turning heads, car parking, disabled parking, bike stands, and provision of secure compounds.

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A design and access statement submitted to the council said: “Each building comprises two units with the option of incorporating a proportion of office space from the outset. The size will enable both new start-ups and existing small businesses which have been established in the Ribble Valley to move onto the site and grow within a new premises more suitable to their needs.

“There have been a number of enquiries to date from a variety of local businesses keen to occupy new premises. The businesses are likely to employ around 20 staff and which is predicted to increase. The applicants intend to build and let out the premises on this compact site as a genuine farm diversification enterprise.

“The new business space and quality staff facilities will create a modern and best practice working environment. The proposal is limited in size and number of employees so retains the appearance of a small scale development adjacent.

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“The existing established depot comprises separate business premises from earlier projects built up over a decade ago on adjoining land.

“The proposed development does not unduly affect the landscape beyond the immediate setting, it does not affect trees, nor does it affect protected species.”

To read the plans in full and to comment on the plans, visit the council’s planning website.